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Henderson Trail #53, AZ

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Rated  Favorite Wish List AZ > Prescott > Perkinsville N
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Distance One Way 4.75 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,850 feet
Elevation Gain -205 feet
Accumulated Gain 353 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 5.93
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Used mainly for horseback access to the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness. Hikers entering the canyon usually drive to the junction of Trail #53 and Sycamore Basin Trail #63 using Forest Road 181. Horseback riders, however, usually start their journey into the canyon at Henderson Flat where both corrals and water for horses are available. Henderson Trail #53 is a level trail that traverses below the red rock cliffs of Sycamore Canyon. The lower third of the trail is the most scenic.

Portions of this trail lie within the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness where motor vehicles and the use of any mechanized equipment, including bicycles, are prohibited. Wilderness is an important resource and national heritage--please, leave no trace. Summer travelers should prepare for hot, dry conditions. Water is available for horses at Sycamore Tank, about 0.5 miles south of the junction with Trail #63.

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2012-11-18 HAZ_Hikebot

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Most recent Triplog Review
    Henderson Trail #53
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    Excellent lasso loop from the Parson Springs trailhead - north on Packard #66 and Sycamore Basin #63, then counter-clockwise loop up Yew Thicket #53, down Unknown #61 (aka Lonesome Pocket according to the sign) and back east on Henderson #53.

    I had a little trouble finding the Yew Thicket trail where it supposedly meets Sycamore Basin, but after a little wandering in the general direction it became clear. I doubt this trail gets much use but it is in surprisingly good condition, with a huge number of well-spaced cairns taking you up steeply to the rim and onto a lonely mesa with big views. The intersection with trail #61 was unmarked but very obvious.

    Trail #61 down to Henderson Flat follows a loose, rocky ridge through open scrub, and would be very unpleasant in the uphill direction under hot sun. The west end of Henderson #53 is faint and overgrown in spots, but improves greatly as it travels southeast along the base of gorgeous red rock cliffs.

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    Only trailheads with six "amenities" have fees. Amenities are picnic tables, trash, toilet, parking, interpretive signing and security.

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    To hike
    From Chino Valley take Perkinsville Road approximately 23 miles to FR 181. Take FR 181 east about 7.5 miles to Henderson Flat and the trailhead for TR 53. Hikers can continue to drive east on FR 181 (high clearance vehicles only) for 5 miles to where the road ends at the Wilderness boundary and the junction with Trail #63. Taking horses by trailer on FR 181 any farther than Henderson Flat is not recommended. Road conditions are dirt, but suitable for all vehicles as far as Henderson Flat.
    page created by joebartels on Nov 18 2012 8:23 pm
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